How to be Famous Part 2

Part two of Sali Hughes’ In The Bathroom interview with Caitlin Moran is up on her YouTube page! Her make-up drawer is as messy as mine!

Also I’ve finished Moran’s book (yes I read very fast-it’s my only super power) How to be Famous.

Can I just say that it’s brilliant! And it’s such a timely story even though it takes place in 1995. Hilarious and heartfelt. The chapter in which Dolly writes the letter to her rock star friend about how he shouldn’t discount his teenage girl fans is amazingly important.
Although a grown woman, I became weepy at the words:
They are a power grid of energy-they are splitting their own atoms with love and exploding over and over…
The rest of the letter to John is amazing and if you haven’t figured it out yet I highly recommend this book and it’s predecessor How to Build a Girl It isn’t necessary to read first to enjoy Famous but it is the story of how Dolly met John.

How to Be Famous

It’s been four years since the debut novel How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran came out. Those who have followed this blog for a while (all nine of you! Bless!) know what that the spectacular Moran is a personal heroine of mine. As a writer she’s someone I look up to as well. Her stories are about women who we can relate to, she talks about being a woman honestly and with great love and humor.

Her next book How to Be Famous is out tomorrow and I’m excited to rejoin Caitlin’s character Dolly/Johanna as she moves to London.

Here is the Blurb:

Johanna Morrigan (AKA Dolly Wilde) has it all: at eighteen, she lives in her own flat in London and writes for the coolest music magazine in Britain. But Johanna is miserable. Her best friend and man of her dreams John Kite has just made it big in 1994’s hot new BritPop scene. Suddenly John exists on another plane of reality: that of the Famouses.

Never one to sit on the sidelines, Johanna hatches a plan: she will Saint Paul his Corinthians, she will Jimmy his Pinocchio—she will write a monthly column, by way of a manual to the famous, analyzing fame, its power, its dangers, and its amusing aspects. In stories, girls never win the girl—they are won. Well, Johanna will re-write the stories, and win John, through her writing.

But as Johanna’s own star rises, an unpleasant one-night stand she had with a stand-up comedian, Jerry Sharp, comes back to haunt in her in a series of unfortunate consequences. How can a girl deal with public sexual shaming? Especially when her new friend, the up-and-coming feminist rock icon Suzanne Banks, is Jimmy Cricketing her?

For anyone who has been a girl or known one, who has admired fame or judged it, and above all anyone who loves to laugh till their sides ache, How to Be Famous is a big-hearted, hilarious tale of fame and fortune-and all they entail.

Also here is a recent interview with Moran as she swigs cider in her bathtub with Sali Hughs.


Do you see why I LOVE HER?!
If you’d like to find me tomorrow I’ll be in my bathtub swigging cider and reading How to Be Famous.

 

Hot Cocoa Treats

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This year I’m making these cute hot cocoa kits!
Gather all the ingredients and assemble, it takes about 15 minutes! Stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, teacher gifts…Super easy!

Hot Cocoa Christmas Treats (makes one)
1 8oz. Mason Jar with Lid
2 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder.
2 tablespoons Sugar
1 tablespoon Christmas Nonpareils (optional)
2 tablespoons Chocolate Buttons
1/4 to 1/2 cup Mini Marshmallows

Assemble in layers: Cocoa Powder, Sugar, Nonpareils, Chocolate Buttons, Marshmallows (I used Vegetarian Marshmallows)
Try to cram as many marshmallows into the top as you can, they stabilize the ingredients and keep the layers separate.
Twist on the lid firmly and tie on a decorative bow.

Instructions for Hot Cocoa: Heat 1 1/2 cups milk until steamy. Add Cocoa mix. Stir well. Enjoy! 🙂

 

Happy Holidays!

Note: WFH is going on vacation until the New Year.
So, to all my readers: Have a very happy holiday and a wonderful new year!
See you in 2018!

Easy Cinnamon Buns

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It’s baking season! For my debut this year I dusted off this dead easy cinnamon buns recipe. It’s easy because I get a little help with the dough from my freezer section of the grocery.

Easy Cinnamon Buns

1 loaf Frozen White Bread Dough (I like Rhodes brand)
1/4 cup Flour (For Rolling)
1/3 cup Softened Butter
1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
2 tablespoons Melted Butter.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Defrost frozen bread dough according to package directions.
Let dough rise until doubled in volume.
Roll out dough on a floured surface to about 6×14 rectangle.
Spread softened butter onto dough.
Sprinkle on brown sugar and then add cinnamon.

Perfect day for this! Recipe next Sunday on WFH!

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Now roll the dough and pinch closed at the seam.
With a sharp knife, slice the roll into roughly 1 inch pieces.
Place into a buttered muffin tin. Cover and set in a warm place for about 30 minutes or until doubled in volume.
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Brush the rolls with the melted butter.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Meanwhile, prepare the frosting…

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 package Softened Cream Cheese
2 cups Powdered Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 tablespoon Milk Or Cream

In a bowl mix all the ingredients until well combined and fluffy.

When the rolls are done cool them briefly and then slather with the frosting!
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December Bookworm

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If you’re like me winter days call for a cup of tea, warm cozies and and big old stack of books, in your TBR pile!
At the top of my stack are all the new Holiday Anthologies! Go check out these suggestions at Goodreads & Amazon. If you’re in the mood for stories set during winter then click –>here<–

Another great place I get book recommendations is Smart Bitches Trashy Books (SBTB) Their Books on Sale Friday newsletter has brought to my attention some great new (to me) authors, Lucy Parker, Maya Banks, Shayla Black & Lexi Blake to name just a few! If you’re a fan of romance then do check them out it is the source!

Because I shy away from reading the genre in which I am writing, (I’m working on a fantasy series right now) I’ve discovered some really great authors in the contemporary genre! See above, but also I’ve become reacquainted with spy/action thrillers and cozy mystery reads.

Lee Child’s Jack Reacher Series is amazing! Please don’t let the movies put you off. Child’s Reacher is NOTHING like the film version.

Another intriguing character is Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon. I am 100% hooked on this series!

A few days ago I discovered that Charlaine Harris is continuing her Aurora Teagarden mystery series! Ms. Harris just… here…take my money, please!

That’s all for December! I’d love to hear about what you’re reading! Tell me in the comments!

Guest Bedroom Part 2

You know when you have something in your head and it’s a struggle to make it a reality? You make concessions and adjustments and it’s sorta, kinda, what you had in mind; it’s good enough.
You guys, this time I nailed it! What was in my head is now in the real world and sitting in my room!
(drum roll…)

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TaDa!
I’ve decorated for winter with a snowman pillow.

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Note the little claw feet on the clock! One needs a bit of weird in a guest room.

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The framed photo is from my super macro series.
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The closet doors are very special, Jef made them! They are Alder and finished in blonde shellac. He also made the side tables.
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It’s such a peaceful and sophisticated room. And already guest approved! Both the boys have had a turn staying the night and have said they approved!

Shop This Project?
Rodda Paint #8370, Bed, Euro Shams, Accent Pillow, Lamp, Clock, Throw, Curtains & Rod, Mirror, Wreath.

Guest Bedroom

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This past summer we became for real empty nesters. In the span of a few weekends we delivered the rest of our two sons possessions to Portland where they squished them into a house they are renting together.
When we got home to our very slightly echoing house we had a bit of a melancholy moment remembering the versions those rooms had been through. From Nursery to big boy beds, scattered with Lego and plastic dinosaurs to SK8punk posters and rock bands and even a whiskey still hidden in the closet (don’t worry, his interest waned before he drank any of it) Yes, we had a moment to remember all that….And then I got to work because I had a Pinterest board waiting for the past year and it was finally time to pull the trigger!

I started by removing the desk we had built into the closet for my son during his school years.
Here’s a pic few pictures of what the desk/closet area looked like before:
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Remember when I re-decorated the boys rooms?

First I repaired the walls and then painted, I kept the color but put a fresh coat up.

Next came the big job.
When we moved in the hardwood floor was damaged and we couldn’t afford to have it sanded and finished, so we painted it. This was during my HGTV period you see and it really was a cool decorating solution.

Fast forward 20 years later.
The painted floor was looking real shabby and worn down to the wood in several places, so it was time finally to see what could be done about restoring the original wood. As it turned out it was a fairly easy task.

So horrifyingly satisfying ☠️🤗

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I used Jasco paint striper and worked in sections.

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Then came sanding. It was the toughest part and I would recommend getting a pair of good quality knee pads if you are doing it yourself like I did. I used a hand orbital sander that had a vacuum attachment to take care of the dust.

There were still a few traces of blue where the sander couldn’t reach but I thought the tiny veins of blue here and there looked cool.

First coat varnish!

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It took two coats of semi gloss varnish that I applied with a paint pad.

It turned out so lovely! All that hard work really paid off!

Next up the big reveal!
Stay tuned!